World Meningitis Day is April 24, every year. The goal is to spread the word about meningitis, how to spot it and what causes it. It’s also a day to promote the importance of vaccines.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis continues to be a major global public health issue causing up to 5 million cases each year, including epidemics of new strains that spread between countries and across the world.
There are three main types of meningitis infection: bacterial, viral and environmental. Infection is by far the most common cause of meningitis and is caused by many different germs: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
Meningitis can strike everyone and at all ages – it can be fatal within a few hours and cause lifelong disability. Aftereffects can be life-changing and may include: memory loss, deafness, loss of sight, epilepsy, paralysis, limb loss, organ damage, and brain damage.
Private Home Health Care reminds people to observe World Meningitis Day by learning more about meningitis and the importance of vaccines. Early detection and being immunized can save lives!!
Today is National Cannabis day, or “420”. As the name implies, is celebrated annually on April 20. It is an international celebration during which people come together to consume cannabis and advocate for its legalization. In Massachusetts, Cannabis has been legalized and is widely enjoyed as well as utilized for medicinal purposes.
The plant contains chemicals known as cannabinoids. Research indicates that cannabinoids have many health benefits. These include reducing anxiety and tension, reducing inflammation and pain relief, controlling nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, stimulating appetite for people with serious medical conditions, usage as a muscle relaxant, aiding with seizures and even killing cancer cells. Cannabis in all forms, such as CBD, is beginning to be widely accepted as a mainstream therapeutic treatment. It is a myth that using cannabis means that you will get high. In fact, many people use over-the-counter topical CBD creams to help with arthritis or eczema.
Private Home Health Care supports the medically supervised usage of cannabis as a natural, alternative medical treatment for many ailments.
National Eggs Benedict Day is on April 16 and it’s a day all about the special American dish. It consists of a poached egg, an English muffin, and Canadian bacon covered in Hollandaise sauce and it’s surrounded by a misconception. Some have assumed that the name originated from Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War traitor, but its origins are up for debate.
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are easy to eat, readily available and can be prepared dozens of ways. They are a good source of quality protein, Vitamin B2, Selenium, folate, and healthy fats. If you can get your hands on pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs, these are even better. They contain higher amounts of omega-3 fat and are much higher in vitamin A and E. Though eggs are high in cholesterol, they do not raise ‘bad’ cholesterol. In fact, they help increase ‘good’ cholesterol and have been linked to reduce risk of heart disease.
Private Home Health Care encourages you to celebrate National Eggs Benedict Day and enjoy this great dish!
April 14 every year is International Moment of Laughter Day, a day to remind people to laugh out loud every day. Originator Izzy Gesell says laughing out loud is as essential as breathing. He says, “Laughter comes right after breathing as just about the healthiest thing you can do. It relieves stress, instills optimism, raises self-confidence, defuses resistance to change, and enhances all your relationships.”
Mary and the Private Home Health Care community love to laugh, and we sincerely believe that laughter is the best medicine!
April is National Stress Awareness Month Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems. And since stress is a normal part of human existence — nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognize when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don’t always notice it’s happening to us.) Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with stress.
At Private Home Health Care, we take living a balanced lifestyle seriously. Some of our favorite ways to destress include hanging out with friends and family, laughing at jokes, gardening, and exercising. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find the time to engage in activities to destress, even though it is crucial for your health. A good way around this is to schedule destressing into your busy life, such as a walk or a massage. Planning your must-do’s around your ‘want-to-do’s makes for a better life!
Today is National Licorice Day! The licorice flavor in the candy comes from the licorice root. It is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies. Native to Western Asia and Southern Europe, licorice has long been used to treat various ailments and flavor candies, drinks, and medicines.
Medicinal use of licorice dates back to ancient Egypt, where the root was made into a sweet drink for pharaohs. It has also been used in traditional Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Greek medicines to soothe an upset stomach, reduce inflammation, and treat upper respiratory problems.
Nowadays, many people utilize licorice root to treat ailments like heartburn, acid reflux, hot flashes, coughs, and bacterial and viral infections. It’s regularly available as a capsule or liquid supplement.
Additionally, licorice tea is said to soothe sore throats, while topical gels are claimed to treat skin conditions like acne or eczema. It is such a popular remedy that you can easily find herbal licorice teas in a local supermarket that help with a cold or inflammation. Today at Private Home Health Care, we celebrate licorice in any form!
April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. This year’s theme is health equality.
Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.
In the past year, we have seen the importance of promoting global health. Private Home Health Care encourages you to celebrate World Health Day by prioritizing your health and engaging in healthy habits like eating nutritious food, exercising, stress relief, and medical check ups. Your health is in your hands, and together we can all become healthier!
-Walking is easy to integrate into a busy lifestyle. Apart from comfortable shoes, you do not need any special equipment. Walking to the store or while doing other activities still counts!
-Walking boosts your energy. Studies have shown that going for a walk when you are tired can be more effective at energizing you then a cup of coffee!
-Walking could extend your life! When paired with a nutritious diet, it is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, walking at a faster pace could extend your life. Researchers found that walking at an average pace compared to a slow pace resulted in a 20 percent reduced risk of overall death.
-Aids digestion – going for a light walk after a heavy meal helps promote healthy digestion and stretch your body.-Promotes mental health. Ever been in a bad mood and go for a walk? You always feel better after getting out because walking releases endorphins and redirects negative thoughts. In fact, people who go for regular walks are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
-Creative thinking – A study that included four experiments compared people trying to think of new ideas while they were walking or sitting. Researchers found participants did better while walking, particularly while walking outdoors. The researchers concluded that walking opens up a free flow of ideas and is a simple way to increase creativity and get physical activity at the same time. Try to initiate a walking meeting with your colleagues the next time you’re stuck on a problem at work.
Check out this great walking workout!
Private Home Health Care is a fan of National Walking Day. Though it may be overlooked, walking is a great form of exercise that has many benefits.
-Walking is the ultimate form of exercise – it is free and easy. Sometimes going for a run may seem daunting, but walking is easier and sometimes just as effective. You can tailor your walks to your liking, from a leisurely stroll to speed walking with weights.
-Decreased risk of injury. How many times have you had to refrain from your favorite sport due to a nagging injury? You are much less likely to be injured from walking, and it is a good activity to do while healing from a sports injury.
-Walking is a social activity. It can be harder to have a conversation while you are huffing and puffing, but walking allows for easy talking.
-As aerobic exercise, walking burns calories and strengthens your heart. It also helps lower blood pressure.
-Great for arthritis – walking is a gentle exercise that helps prevent and treat inflammation, which makes it suitable for arthritis. Walking in a pool is another great option.
Make sure you get outside on this nice sunny day and walk – you’ll be walking in sunshine!
Today is National Walking Day!
Walking is one of the healthiest things you can do. Even just a 20 minute walk every day can significantly increase your health and well being. Our bodies were designed to move around and walk, and we need to take care of ourselves by doing so.
\Walking is the simplest form of cardio exercise, and it is essential to our health. You can walk by yourself or with others, and it is an enjoyable, free activity. Additionally, walking in nature is known to reduce stress and improve mental health. Find a trail near you or walk around your neighborhood. You can also visit a local park or walk on your treadmill.
Private Home Health Care encourages you to get out and walk today on National Walking Day!